The Private Eye and Guardian prize is given in memory of Paul Foot, the campaigning journalist who died in 2004; the overall winner receives £5,000 and the runners-up £1,000.
The judges for this year's prize, to be awarded on November 2, include Brian MacArthur (Chair), Clare Fermont, Bill Hagerty, Ian Hislop, Richard Ingrams, Simon Jenkins, and Alan Rusbridger.
- Jonathan Calvert and Clare Newell, Sunday Times (financial and legislative abuses in the House of Lords)
- Ian Cobain, The Guardian (investigation into Britain's involvement in the torture of terror suspects detained overseas)
- Ben Leapman, Sunday and Daily Telegraph (MPs' expenses investigation)
- Paul Lewis, The Guardian (investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests)
- Rob Waugh, Yorkshire Post (investigation into 'cavalier' spending at Leeds Metropolitan University; investigation into Leeds City Credit Union)
- Stephen Wright and Richard Pendlebury, Daily Mail (investigation into lawyer Shahrokh Mireskandari)
Among those highly commended in the longlist: Susie Boniface, Sunday Mirror (Nuclear test veterans campaign); Martin Hickman, Independent (Quest for palm oil for British consumers, devastating the rainforest); Dan McDougall, News of the world / (Observer Exploitation of child workers for British high street retailers); Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education Supplement (£36m corruption at London Metropolitan University); David Rose, Vanity Fair and Mail on Sunday (Campaign for former Guantanamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed).